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Fast-tracking Education Reforms In Scotland
The reform of education in Scotland will be fast-tracked following a joint agreement with local councils, Deputy First Minister John Swinney has announced.   In the coming months, the Scottish Government will work to give headteachers more control over the important decisions about how to raise standards and improve attainment in their classrooms.  
More Scottish Ministers Annoounced
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed a number of ministerial posts following the appointment of a new Scottish Government Cabinet.   Kevin Stewart will remain in post as Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning and has been tasked by the First Minister with implementing the Homelessness Taskforce recommendations.  
Attitudes To Government, The Economy And Public Services
The Chief Statistician today released a set of Official Statistics drawn from the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2017, covering a range of topics including attitudes to government, economy, standard of living and the NHS.   A gap in trust in the Scottish and UK Governments has existed since 1999 when the survey began.  
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SeaCat Services, the company who provide Crew Transfer Vessels for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm development, are once again advertising for a range of positions (such as Master, Mate, Deckhand) on their vessels, more of which will be running from Wick as the project nears its operations phase.   The company ran a recruitment event in Wick last winter, but will hope for further interest now, and through North Highland College UHI we are looking at what skills development support might be available to boost employability.  
Roc Technologies Awarded 5 Year Contract At Dounreay
Roc Technologies Awarded 5-year Strategic IT Transformation and Managed Service Partnership by Dounreay.   Roc Technologies recently announced it has been awarded a 5-year contract to transform and manage IT services by Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd(Dounreay).  
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Class-leading offshore energy support vessel (OESV) operator, Seacat Services, has announced that its fleet will reach maximum occupancy for periods of 2018, reflecting the growth of the offshore wind sector and the resulting increase in demand experienced by the vessel support market.   In an achievement that points to the strength and longevity of the company's relationships in the offshore wind sector, periods of 2018 will see all of Seacat Services' 14 vessels under charter, with some contracts extending until 2020.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week Commencing 17 June 2018 Energy & Business Services: Representatives of Sykes @ Home were in Caithness this week to begin a recruitment process for Homeworkers, beginning with a well-supported drop-in recruitment event in Thurso.  CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands.  
Highland Council to tackle single use plastics
Within Scotland and the UK, there is now widespread understanding and acceptance that single use plastics have a detrimental impact on our wider environment.   Within Council Headquarters, plastic cups were removed from nearly all water dispensers some years ago and the coffee machine with polystyrene cups has also now been removed from the Chamber area.  
Funding For Breast Milk Bank In ScotlandThumbnail for article : Funding For Breast Milk Bank In Scotland
Essential help for premature and ill babies.   Scotland's donor milk bank is set to receive up to £300,000 to provide vital supplies for premature and ill babies.  
Fund To Get More Women Into Agriculture
£250,000 has been awarded to help break down the day to day barriers which limit womens impact in the agriculture sector.   The funding comes as the women in agriculture taskforce publishes its one year progress report.  
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The First Minister has appointed Benny Higgins as the strategic adviser for the establishment of the Scottish National Investment Bank.   Mr Higgins, former CEO of Tesco Bank, developed an implementation plan for the bank and the Scottish Government has accepted all 21 of his report's recommendations.  
Scottish Government's Social Security Plan At A Critical PointThumbnail for article : Scottish Government's Social Security Plan At A Critical Point
Recruiting the skilled staff needed for the Scottish Government's new financial and social security powers and responsibilities will be challenging, says the Auditor General.   Around 50 per cent of spending will be raised directly in Scotland by 2020 following the Scotland Acts of 2012 and 2016.  
Scottish Budget 2017/18 Shows Surplus Carry Forward
Surplus tax receipts and carry forward of funding into 2018-19 was confirmed today as the Scottish Government published the provisional cash outturn for 2017-18.   Set against a backdrop of unprecedented change in Scotland's fiscal landscape due to the Scotland Acts and the Fiscal Framework, which fundamentally changed the sources of funding that underpin Scotland's spending and introduced significant new devolved financial powers, the figures show expenditure of £30.9 billion, against a fiscal budget of £31.4 billion.  
Chief Executive Sought For Outer Hebrides Tourism
An Outer Hebrides destination organisation is looking for a Chief Executive to lead and spearhead the delivery of its strategy.   Outer Hebrides Tourism (OHT) is the industry body which promotes the Outer Hebrides as a world-class visitor destination and champions and supports tourism businesses.  
New Website Provides One-stop Shop For Postal Surcharge ConcernsThumbnail for article : New Website Provides One-stop Shop For Postal Surcharge Concerns
The issue of parcel surcharging has long been a bone of contention for many internet shoppers.   However, consumers across the United Kingdom, and especially those living in Northern Ireland and the Highlands and Islands of Scotland are now set to benefit from the launch of a new website which provides a one stop shop to acknowledge these concerns, which include:.  
A Craft Gin 2000 Years in the Making!Thumbnail for article : A Craft Gin 2000 Years in the Making!
Unique Caithness collaboration will delight both archaeology and gin enthusiasts.   Archaeology and craft gin may seem like worlds apart, but two entrepreneurial companies from the far north of Scotland have teamed up to create a special craft gin, inspired by the prehistoric landscape of Caithness.  
Caithness Councillor Steps Down From North Planning Review Body
Councillor Struan Mackie (Thurso and Caithness West - Ward 2) has stepped down from the North Planning review body citing pressure of work as the reason.   No replacement has yet been announced.  
Sailing To Success With Serco Northlink FerriesThumbnail for article : Sailing To Success With Serco Northlink Ferries
Serco NorthLink Ferries is proud to support local producers from the Northern Isles as they prepare for this year's Highland Show.   In partnership with producers from Orkney, the Serco NorthLink lifeline ferry transported cheese, baked items, oatcakes, ice creams and of course rum and gin, that will be proudly showcased at the show.  
New findings reinforce benefits of renting to families
Homes rented to families take up less management time for landlords.   Homes rented to benefit recipients and migrant workers can take up to six hours more management time per week.  
Less Favoured Area Support Scheme Update
2019 support scheme outlined.   Hill farmers and crofters in Scotland's most remote and rural areas will continue to receive support under the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) into 2019.